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Interactivity: Moving beyond terminology

Moussouri, T; Adams, M; Luke, J; (2004) Interactivity: Moving beyond terminology. Curator , 47 (2) pp. 155-170.

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As museum professionals, it is our job to provide meaningful interactive experiences for visitors that provide a range of choice and control in the exploration of ideas, concepts, and objects. Although research is limited, sometimes uneven and contradictory, there are some trends. There is a need for the field to clarify its use and meaning of the term “interactive” along with other synonymous and/or related terms such as hands-on, participatory, and immersive. The field needs to be more conscious of the theoretical frameworks that guide our thinking and design process, as well as the models that underlie our research. Studies suggest that several contextual factors influence the design and use of interactive exhibitions. These include but are not limited to the purpose of a museum or exhibition, the size of a museum, exhibition, and crowd conditions, and the physical placement and aesthetic design of interactive components. It is important that more research be conducted on how and why visitors engage with interactive components and what they learn from the experience.

Type: Article
Title: Interactivity: Moving beyond terminology
Keywords: interactive exhibits, museum learning research, informal learning
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/52226
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